Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 24, 2021

Governor’s California Comeback Plan includes Sierra Nevada wildfire resilience

Sierra Nevada Conservancy News Release

It is the middle of May, and Californians across the state are starting to feel the effects of a water year that has left much of the state in drought. In the Sierra Nevada, dry-too-soon landscapes dominated by overgrown forests are raising concerns about a rewind of the historically destructive 2020 fire season.

The good news, such as it is, is that state leaders are increasingly allocating resources to match the challenges megafires, like those we saw last year, create for California and the Sierra Nevada.

Last week, Governor Newsom reaffirmed support for a down-payment on Sierra Nevada wildfire resilience with a $708-million 2021-2022 budget proposal. It includes an additional $50 million for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to fund forest health and fuel reduction projects in the region. If enacted, we expect that funding from this budget would start becoming available for projects in early 2022.

Read more: Governor’s California Comeback Plan includes Sierra Nevada wildfire resilience

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